Tudor Times | Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley by Nicola Tallis
But for the most part Guildford Dudley's place in the myths what are the actual facts we have concerning Guildford's relationship with Jane?. Posted By Claire on February 12, On this day in history, 12th February , Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were executed. Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, were executed on 12 February at the Tower of London. The account below was found in the.
Despite her personal feelings of distaste for the marriage, Jane had no choice. She was forced to accept what she could not change, and preparations for the marriage took place with speed. Though King Edward was by this time too ill to attend, he did give the marriage his blessing. The wedding was a splendid occasion, and Northumberland had given orders to the Master of the Revels to prepare several impressive entertainments.
The day was only ruined by the fact that several of the guests, including Guildford, were affected by food poisoning caused by a chef selecting the wrong leaves for a hot salad dish. It may have been a security measure, so that if the events planned in the future did not go to plan the marriage could be easily annulled on the grounds of non-consummation. Before long Jane had been installed with her husband at Durham Place, the venue for their wedding.
It was at this time that her relationship with Guildford as man and wife began, and the marriage was finally consummated. During these first days of their marriage, there is no indication as to how harmoniously the couple lived together. No reference is made in contemporary accounts, but it seems unlikely that they formed a close relationship.
The executions of Lady Jane Grey & Lord Guildford Dudley, 1554
What is certain is that following the death of Edward VI on 6th July, Guildford was with his wife when Northumberland informed her that Edward had named her as his heir in his final will. She had not asked for it, and she was alarmed to receive it, but she was more concerned by the words of the Lord Treasurer; he assured her that another would be made to crown her husband.
Though she said nothing at that time, that evening her feelings came spilling out. Alone with Guildford, Jane made it perfectly clear that she had no intention of allowing him to become king. In this his ambitious father may have primed him, but whatever the reasoning, he was to be sorely disappointed. It was a crushing blow to Guildford, and he listened as his wife informed him that she would concede to make him a duke, but nothing more unless she was petitioned by Parliament.
Jane, however, put her foot down, and sent orders to prevent Guildford from leaving. Much to his annoyance, Guildford was forced to obey. Jane, however, had a mind of her own, and she was nothing if not stubborn.
Lady Jane Grey Marries Guildford Dudley - The Tudor Enthusiast
She was determined to assert her authority, and it is clear that she was not prepared to bow down to the demands of others — even those of her husband. Prisoners in the Tower As the struggle for the throne ensued over the course of the following days, no mention is made of what passed between Jane and Guildford. It was undoubtedly a fraught time, and under such circumstances it seems unlikely that their relationship improved. Nevertheless, on the morning of 19th July Jane gave permission for the son of Edward Underhill, a Tower warder, to be christened Guildford in honour of her husband.
To-day three sons of the Duke of Northumberland, Jane of Suffolk and the Bishop of Canterbury were taken to the hall at Cheapside, and were there condemned to death.
When execution is to take place is uncertain, for though the Queen is truly irritated against the Duke of Suffolk, it is believed that Jane will not die. His efforts at raising an army having failed miserably, Henry Grey arrived in the Tower as a prisoner on 10 Februarytwo days before Jane and Guildford were scheduled to die. Both wrote short messages to the duke in a prayerbook, in the hope that it would ultimately reach him: Came the day of her death, and that of the husband, he, that was the first that should die, desiring to give her the last kisses, and the last embrace, asked her, that she might be contented, that he might go to see her.
And she responded to him, that, if the sight of them might have given comfort to their souls, more gladly she would be contented to see him; but that, she finding that their sight would increase the misery in both, and bring much more suffering, it was best for now to forego that act, later then in a brief time they would see [each other] in another part, and live perpetually joined in an indissoluble bond.
Jordan, David Loades, Eric Ives. Nichols, Calendar of State Papers, Spain. Volume 11 — If anything, it was a symbol of wealth and status. Further, the dye process used to achieve a stable dark black color was both complex and expensive, so that pure black fabrics were very costly. As a result, black was a commonly worn color mostly among the nobility, worn specifically as a symbol of wealth and status. Note that Mary Tudor is often seen wearing black.
Just to give you some idea of how exhaustively we researched this picture, allow me to say that we actually commissioned specialized digital photography of the prayerbook. The photos were taken at super-high-resolution and using near-infra-red light only.
He very kindly processed the photos through the same computer software that is used for the Mars Rovers and the Galileo mission to Jupiter. That process picks up the spectral emission of certain elements, amplifying their signal. We had hoped that by using this process we would be able to highlight the carbon with which the black paint of the script of the prayerbook was painted, thereby making the script more legible.
Unfortunately, too-aggressive cleaning of the painting in the past has removed too much of the lamp-black of the pigment, and we were unsuccessful in making the script more legible. With all due respect to Ms Weir, she is not an academically trained historian and thus her knowledge and research abilities are limited.